Do you believe that if something happened to you such as a major car accident where you become unconscious that your driver’s license and/or credit cards will help identify your next of kin? Unfortunately that is not true. These kind of cards will only help an investigator to identify yourself but not whom to contact in an emergency situation. Worst yet, what if your child is in an emergency situation how will local authorities know to contact you as the next of kin?
Fortunately there are two ways of resolving this issue. The first way is to sign up on the Next of Kin Registry or NOKR. NOKR is a free emergency contact database to help if you or your family members are missing, injured or deceased. NOKR has a trusted safeguarding system for all personal emergency contacts worldwide and is available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need. The more information you can provide to emergency agencies the better. NOKR allows you to store important medical information such as being diabetic or doctor’s name and phone number. You can register anyone on NOKR as next of kin. If you are estranged from your family you might want to register a good friend, neighbor or priest to be contacted on your behalf. Once you register at NOKR your information is stored as a permanent record in the system. If your information changes you need to create a new record. NOKR also provides a lot of additional services that you can opt to participated in such as having your fingerprints stored on their database. This would be a great service for anyone suffering from Alzheimer whom may take off wandering with no identification on them. To sign up or get more information about this program go on the NOKR.org website.
The second way of notifying next of kin is by registering with your state motor vehicle administration (MVA) in their Emergency contact information program. Unlike NOKKR which is a world wide service some state motor vehicle administration’s offer this service as well. The state of Maryland launched their Emergency contact information program in 2011. Not all states offer this program so you need to contact your state MVA to see if they have a similar program available. In Maryland if you are the identification card holder you can provide the name and contact information for up to three persons who you wish to be notified in the event of an emergency. This information is stored electronically on your driving record. The information is secured and only accessible to authorized law enforcement personnel. To sign up for the Maryland emergency contact information program you can go onto the Maryland.gov website or via MVA kiosks located in all MVA offices.
Remember each time you leave your home you lose direct contact with your friends and family members. What would happen to you or your loved ones if you are incapacitated? What a great way to stay healthy and safe in 2016 than to sign up for one or both of these programs. Let the Next of kin registry be your voice when you don’t have one.